“It’s a shame”: Not Enough Fans Are Talking About Oscars Ignoring Zac Efron’s Powerful Performance in The Iron Claw

The actor delivered a career defining role, but failed to receive even a FYC campaign for his film.

"It's a shame": Not Enough Fans Are Talking About Oscars Ignoring Zac Efron's Powerful Performance in The Iron Claw


  • Fans are hot on A24's heels after 'The Iron Claw''s Oscar snub.
  • 'Barbie' director Greta Gerwig and the lead actress Margot Robbie's absence from any nominations has overshadowed the snubbing of multiple films.
  • Fans have taken to X to talk about their distress over the matte, but 'The Iron Claw' has still failed to receive any support.
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Zac Efron’s performance in The Iron Claw explored the pathos and the tragedy of the Von Erich family’s second eldest son, Kevin Von Erich, along with the supposed family ‘curse’ that surrounded the wrestling family. However, despite the actor’s brilliant performance, neither the High School Musical alum nor the film received a single nomination, much less any recognition from the Academy.

The Iron Claw (2023)
Zac Efron in The Iron Claw (2023)

This Oscar season, much like others, has received a lot of flack from audiences for snubs of major films like Saltburn, Priscilla and The Iron Claw. However, the entire ordeal has been outshone by a very vocal outrage for the snubbing of Margot Robbie and Greta Gerwig, whose films have received 8 nominations, but none of them for the directorial vision of Gerwig or the performance that Robbie delivered.

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Barbie was nominated for Best Picture, The Iron Claw was completely absent

Margot Robbie in Barbie
Margot Robbie in Barbie

As is the case with nominations in general, The Oscars show appreciation to great films, but miss out on quite a few that fans enlist as sure-shot nominees before the official list is revealed. Barbie, unsurprisingly, has gotten a Best Picture nomination, with ‘I’m Just Ken‘ receiving a Best Original Song nomination. The film has also received 6 other nominations, ranging from a Best Supporting Actor nomination with Gosling to a Best Screenplay nomination.

However, there is no nomination for Margot Robbie and for Greta Gerwig neither, something that is viewed as a huge upset by fans and critics alike, given how much their work was praised during the film’s run.

However, Zac Efron seems to have gotten the short end of the stick, for despite his career-defining role in Iron Claw, the actor failed to secure a nomination. His film is nowhere to be seen among the nomination categories, along with a bunch of other great pieces that deserve recognition.


Also Read: “You guys did so good today”: Zac Efron Single Handedly Carried The Iron Claw Cast Together After Gruelling Routine Pushed Them to Their Limits

Fans have raged online about A24’s lack of a campaign for the film

Zac Efron with The Iron Claw co-stars Harris Dickinson, Stanley Simons, and Jeremy Allen White
Zac Efron with The Iron Claw co-stars Harris Dickinson, Stanley Simons, and Jeremy Allen White

As fans take to the internet to have their disappointment heard, A24 has come under fire from fans for the lack of a campaign for this film, blaming the film studio for the snub during FYC season for the Oscars.

As it stands, The Iron Claw, along with several brilliant pieces like Priscilla, Dream Scenario, All of Us Strangers, Fair Play and others, have been snubbed this season, whether they had campaigns supporting them or not. What is important is that studios must now realize that fans are more closely watching their moves as compared to films, especially after the Writers’ and Actors’ strikes. While films might not have as many fans supporting them, a studio trying to bury a good film will always flare up red flags for audiences.


Written by Anuraag Chatterjee

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Anuraag Chatterjee, Web Content Writer
With a passion for writing fiction and non fiction content, Anuraag is a Media Science graduate with 2 year's experience with Marketing and Content, with 3 published poetry anthologies. Anuraag holds a Bacherlor's degree in Arts with a focus on Communication and Media Studies.